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    Countering terrorism through architecture
    Countering terrorism through architecture

    According to the UNSW, in the fight against global terrorism, architecture has a surprisingly important role to play.


    The first step to conserving the Great Barrier Reef is understanding what lives there
    The first step to conserving the Great Barrier Reef is understanding what lives there

    Look at this photo of two coral skeletons below. You’d be forgiven for thinking they’re the same species, or at least closely related, but looks can be deceiving. These two species diverged tens of millions of years ago, probably earlier than our human lineage split from baboons and macaques.


    Ultraviolet light can make indoor spaces safer during the pandemic – if it's used the right way
    Ultraviolet light can make indoor spaces safer during the pandemic – if it's used the right way

    Ultraviolet light has a long history as a disinfectant and the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, is readily rendered harmless by UV light.


    What lies beneath: tunnels for trafficking, or just a subterranean service? Time to rescue these spaces from the conspiracists
    What lies beneath: tunnels for trafficking, or just a subterranean service? Time to rescue these spaces from the conspiracists

    Digital communications have spread conspiracy theories more widely than ever before, particularly in this uncertain and tumultuous year.


    Coronavirus showed the way cities fund public transport is broken – here's how it needs to change
    Coronavirus showed the way cities fund public transport is broken – here's how it needs to change

    COVID-19 has triggered a crisis for public transport, as lockdowns caused its use to plummet by 70-90% worldwide.


    After COVID, we'll need a rethink to repair Australia's housing system and the economy
    After COVID, we'll need a rethink to repair Australia's housing system and the economy

    A new report from the New South Wales Productivity Commission (NSWPC) announces that “[higher] housing costs […] impose broader economic costs”.


    Innovation districts like Melbourne's could help chart our course out of crisis
    Innovation districts like Melbourne's could help chart our course out of crisis

    In the face of the global health and climate crises, we look at our cities both anxiously and hopefully. We deviate from our normal patterns of behaviour to avoid close physical contact and suffer associated emotional and practical losses. At the same time, we envision our cities’ lasting transformation for the better.


    Aussie invention could save old coal stations by running them on zero-emissions 'Lego' blocks
    Aussie invention could save old coal stations by running them on zero-emissions 'Lego' blocks

    As climate change worsens, the future of fossil fuel jobs and infrastructure is uncertain. But a new energy storage technology invented in Australia could enable coal-fired power stations to run entirely emissions-free.


    Permanent formwork solutions used in commercial design
    Permanent formwork solutions used in commercial design

    When it comes to commercial construction, builders and designers are scoping out new ways to improve efficiency, save money and have more streamlined construction sites. One proven solution is choosing permanent formwork as an alternative to conventional masonry block, precast concrete or in-situ building methods.


    Morrison government plan to scrap water buybacks will hurt taxpayers and the environment
    Morrison government plan to scrap water buybacks will hurt taxpayers and the environment

    The Morrison government today declared it will axe buybacks of water entitlements from irrigators, placating farmers who say the system has damaged their livelihood and communities.


    To reduce disasters, we must cut greenhouse emissions. So why isn't the bushfire royal commission talking about this?
    To reduce disasters, we must cut greenhouse emissions. So why isn't the bushfire royal commission talking about this?

    With next fire season already underway, the bushfire royal commission yesterday released an interim report.


    House hunters are rarely told the home energy rating – little wonder the average is as low as 1.8 stars
    House hunters are rarely told the home energy rating – little wonder the average is as low as 1.8 stars

    Most Australian homes have been built to notoriously poor standards. The energy performance of existing homes in Victoria, for instance, averages 1.8 stars – 6 stars is mandatory for newly built homes under the 10-star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NaTHERS).


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